Theology of the Body

Foundations of Theology of the Body: An Invitation to Love

The University of Dallas School of Ministry, in partnership with the Office of Formation and Discipleship of the Archdiocese of Atlanta offers a one year online certificate course called Foundations on Theology of the Body: An Invitation to Love, exclusive for parish leaders working throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

The course involves a close reading of St. John Paul II's catechesis on human love in relation to various pastoral issues and the application in ministry of the Theology of the Body.

The course is designed for parish leaders and is especially relevant for all who minister in the areas of: Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry, Family Ministry, Marriage Prep and Enrichment and Natural Family Planning.

Course Description:

In this yearlong course, students will delve into the philosophy and theology of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. These principles will be applied to the most pressing issues facing modern culture today including in the Spring Session, sexual difference, a true understanding of freedom and relationship, purity of heart and a positive sense of shame. In the Fall Session, students will examine, among other topics, the Church's teachings on contraception, homosexuality, and ethical fertility treatments. After completing both Sessions, students will have a better appreciation of the theological understanding of the human person as well as the ability to apply these theological principles to their personal lives and their respective ministries in family life, catechesis, and youth outreach.

Spanish Track or English Track available.


$590 per year
Books are not included

Registration for Spring 2015 is now closed

 Course starts in January 2015.

After successfully completing all courses, each student will receive a Certificate from the University of Dallas and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Contact Monica Oppermann for details 404-920-7632 or More information about the Archdioceses of Atlanta Office of Formation and Discipleship can be found on their website



Frequently Asked Questions

Who may be enrolled?

Parish leaders: lay leaders, Clergy and religious working throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta in the following areas: young adult ministry, youth ministry, marriage preparation and enrichment, Natural Family Planning and other related fields. A high-school diploma or equivalent (GED) is a prerequisite.

What is the cost of the program?

The total tuition per student is five hundred ninety dollars ($590.) and covers both sessions: Spring (January to April) and Fall (September to December). There is a separate cost for books.

Are there any scholarships available?

The Archdiocese, through the Office of Formation and Discipleship, will grant a 40% tuition scholarship to an Archdiocese of Atlanta student if the student is nominated by his/her pastor. Participating parishes may qualify for just one scholarship in the Spanish track and just one scholarship in the English track.

How does the Pastor nominate a candidate?

After the student has discussed his/her interest, commitment, and ability to sustain efforts over the one year course, and the pastor has agreed to nominate the student, the student completes a registration form to include the pastor's contact information. The nominating pastor will receive a message from the Office of Formation and Discipleship asking him to confirm his nomination through a confirmation link.
NOTE: the nomination does not commit the pastor or the parish to offer employment, nor a leadership position to the student after he/she completes the program.

What is expected of the student?

Classes are posted weekly beginning on Friday, at 1 a.m. A student is expected to log into each one hour video class sometime during the week, and complete weekly assignments, to include participation in a discussion board and any corresponding quizzes, and writing a short essay at the end of each semester about the application in his/her particular area of ministry of the Theology of the Body.

Where are the courses taken?

The student takes the weekly lectures online, using a personal computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone, through the University of Dallas' eCollege™ website. After the class is posted every week, it will be available for the whole Spring Session or Fall Session for reviewing. The student doesn't need to travel anywhere; he can take the class in the place of his choice, since it is an online course.

Are there specific technical requirements?

Yes. A student must have access to a computer or laptop with a sound card and speakers (or headphones), an internet connection with either Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows 7, XP or Vista, and a modem of 56K or higher. Classes may also be taken on a tablet or smart phone via Puffin web browser only (no other web browser will support it).

How does a student get a password and a student ID?

On January 10th, 2015, each registered student will receive the web address, instructions, an ID number, and a password to access the course to begin on January 10, 2015.

How does a student get the books?

Each student is responsible for acquiring the required books and articles, through the vendor of his/her choice. There are many options in English to include Kindle and used selections. Due to the limited availability of textbooks in Spanish, the Office of Formation and Discipleship has the required Spanish texts available through the Office. The cost of the Spanish language books will be covered separately from the tuition, and could be done by check or credit card. Contact Monica Oppermann to purchase the Spanish language textbooks: or 404.920.7632

Is it possible to enroll in the TOB program without being nominated by the pastor?

Yes. Registration is open to other interested candidates within the Archdiocese of Atlanta, according to space availability, on a first come first served basis. There are a total of 40 spaces available for each track (40 in Spanish, 40 in English). For these students, the total cost of tuition ($590) is due upon registration.

How do I register?

Registration is online only at the University of Dallas website. Students can pay by credit card or by check or money order. If paying by check or money order, students complete the on-line registration form, and mail the payment, payable to University of Dallas, to the following address:

Michell Tamez
University of Dallas
P.O. Box 716 - School of Ministry
1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving, Texas 75062-4736
Are there additional grants available?

Tuition grants are only available to parish leaders, nominated by their pastor. All other students outside of this case will pay full tuition of $590 dollars a year.

Can a married couple take the course together?

Yes, but each person will have to be fully registered, paying full tuition. Every student that takes the class must be appropriately enrolled in the course, and each student will receive the appropriate Certificate at the conclusion.

Since it is an online course, are there opportunities to gather and meet other students?

Yes, on January 10, 2015, all registered students gather for an Opening Ceremony and Orientation at the Chancery in Smyrna. In August they are invited again for a general meeting to inaugurate the second half of the year. In addition, students participate in Discussion Groups, which are generally formed by ministry area. These groups maintain continuous contact throughout the semester via a Discussion Forum, exchanging opinions, ministry tips, experiences, etc.. These groups may opt, at the group's decision, to meet in a common place for all, once or several times during the semester. Each group has a Coordinator who helps to maintain camaraderie and coordination of meetings and streamlines communication with the General Coordinator of the course to solve common questions and challenges.



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